Park in Overdrive at Samsung

By Sports NetworkOctober 15, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Samsung World ChampionshipPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Grace Park continued her scoring frenzy at Bighorn Golf Club on Friday with a 5-under 67 to open a four-shot advantage after the second round of the Samsung World Championship. Park's 36-hole total of 15-under-par 129 was good for a new tournament record.
 
Karen Stupples and Shi Hyun Ahn fired matching rounds of 65 to climb into a tie for second place at 11-under-par 133. Annika Sorenstam, a three-time champion of this event, posted a 68 to join Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr and Catriona Matthew at 10-under-par 134.
 
Park set a new tournament mark with her 62 in the opening round and the 25- year-old picked up where she left off on Friday with a birdie at the par-4 first.
 
She ran off a string of pars before a birdie at the par-3 sixth to move to 12 under. Park faltered to a bogey at the par-5 seventh, but managed to recover with a birdie at the par-4 ninth.
 
As her challengers were starting to close in, Park tallied a birdie at the par-5 12th and another at the par-3 13th. Park then made it three in a row with a birdie at the par-4 14th.
 
'I played solid today,' said Park, who won this year's Kraft Nabisco Championship. 'I feel like I could birdie every hole on this course, the way I've been striking the ball and putting.'
 
Park's 129 broke the previous record of 132. Emilee Klein established the original mark in the 1996 event and Kerr matched it in 2002.
 
Stupples, who won this year's Women's British Open, collected her first birdie of the day at the par-4 fourth and birdied three straight starting at the par-5 seventh to make the turn at 8 under.
 
The 31-year-old added a birdie at the par-4 11th and reached 10 under with a birdie at the par-4 14th. Stupples then birdied the par-4 closing hole for her share of second.
 
Ahn torched the front side with six birdies. The 20-year-old cooled off on the inward half, but snuck in a birdie at the last to finish four shots off the lead.
 
Sorenstam, who is seeking her sixth victory of the season, birdied the third and added another birdie at the sixth. She then eagled the par-5 seventh and tallied a birdie at the par-5 12th to reach 11 under.
 
The Swede parred her next five holes, but found trouble coming in with a bogey at the 18th to finish five back.
 
Defending champion Sophie Gustafson carded a 70 to finish alone in eighth place at 8-under-par 136. Juli Inkster and Jeong Jang followed at 7-under-par 137 while Christina Kim was one shot further back at 6-under-par 138.
 
Karrie Webb and Mi Hyun Kim tied for 12th place at 4-under-par 140. Wendy Doolan and Jennifer Rosales were knotted at 3-under-par 141 and Hee-Won Han took 16th place alone at 1-under-par 143.
 
Se Ri Pak and Meg Mallon shared 17th place at 1-over-par 145. Amateur sensation Michelle Wie managed a 72 to come in at 2-over-par 146 while Laura Davies rounded out the elite field at 3 over par.
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

    The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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    And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.